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Pray With Purpose This October


Written by Plant With Purpose on October 5, 2017 in General, Prayer Letter

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

–1 Corinthians 3:7-9

The past weeks have been eventful for the Plant With Purpose global family. We reflect on the storms that shook our partners in Latin America, praising God that their hard work made them resilient. We celebrate the fellowship that took place at our annual Planting Hope Gala as together we broke fundraising records. All the while we recognize that every blessing and every accomplishment is made possible only through Him.

What a joy it is to participate in God’s perfect plan. As co-workers in God’s service we know that we will be provided for. Through trials and storms we diligently plant and water in the confidence that God will inspire growth.


Burundi

We praise God for:

  • Providing a new solid vehicle that is well adapted to the context of our work. The car helps in situations of high risk. We are grateful to the donors who helped in getting the vehicle to us. Now, we can make safe visits to the field for monitoring, evaluation, and data collection.
  • A successful surgery for our Coordinator of Environmental Restoration Methode’s son, David Gray, 5 years old. He is now doing very well and home with his family.
  • Rain after a long dry season. Not all the country has rain yet, but farms have hope and are starting to plan for the upcoming rainy season. Rain also means a lower risk of bushfires, which is great for our reforestation work. 

We pray for:

  • Our Board who is working to update our administrative paperwork and incorporating suggestions from our most recent audit. This is fundamental to improving the leadership of our organization.
  • Staff as they prepare to travel to collect performance data for our next quarterly reports. We pray that they are safe and are able to get accurate data.
  • Continued growth of plants in nurseries. Also pray that we have success promoting growth of forests and indigenous trees.
  • Our continued partnership with the World Food Programme. We pray that they will once again be willing to provide food aid through the Food for Assets program, which we can facilitate in exchange for reforestation labor. This partnership allows us to make great progress rebuilding forest areas and providing instruction on compost, kitchen gardens, and other soil care topics.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for:

  • The health of our staff and their families. A few children of our staff have been sick, but they have all recovered well.
  • Protecting our tree nurseries amidst heavy rain, floods, and erosion.
  • The new savings groups that launched this year. These groups are heavily involved and some of them have already achieved more savings than expected.
  • The addition of NGORE seeds– a local cowpea that is being used in an experiment with green manure for corn crops. These seeds are rare in the area– it took a lot of effort and research to acquire them. We look forward to seeing the results

We pray for:

  • An upcoming meeting of local leaders from three neighboring watersheds who will be discussing environmental issues. Plant With Purpose DRC staff and local leaders from Kakumba Watershed will take the lead in that meeting.
  • Communities within the watershed to apply more sustainable techniques in the beginning of the farming season.
  • Program Managers Birori’s son, Daniel, who was sick and was hospitalized. He had some abdominal complications caused by bacteria. He is home now home and recovering.

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • We give thanks for safety during this active storm season. Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not affect any of the communities in which Plant With Purpose works. Irma only affected the northern part of the country; we thank God that it was not more catastrophic.

We pray for:

  • Continued protection from the hurricane season. We pray that storms do not affect plots and farmers in our communities.
  • Communities that have not yet formed savings groups. We pray that God touches their hearts and helps communities understand the benefits of Plant With Purpose’s programs.

Ethiopia

We praise God for:

  • Interest from donors and potential partners in our planned project.

We pray for:

  • Continued planning for our project and implementation.
  • Wisdom for national leaders in continuing state of national emergency.

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not affect our areas of intervention.
  • The ongoing graduation of communities in our areas of work.
  • The ongoing celebration of our 20th anniversary of work in Haiti.

We pray for:

  • Improvement in the political situation in Haiti after the newly proposed budget. There have been street demonstrations on a weekly basis.
  • Improved communication among politicians. For political parties to arrive at a good consensus to alleviate the difficult conditions for poor and younger people. Many are forced to leave the country to Chile and Brazil.

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • That Oaxaca and Chiapas were spared from major effects of the 8.1 and 7.1 earthquakes that recently shook our country. In addition to protection from the rains and storms.
  • The 18 years that our program has been operating. We are grateful for every donor and person that has been a part of our work.
  • The visit we had from a group in Houston, Texas. It was a time of exchange, learning, and blessing for all participants.
  • Progress in Los Altos de Chiapas: construction of wood saving stoves, multiple nurseries, stewardship of creation, and savings groups. Participants are grateful and motivated.

We pray for:

  • Those affected by the earthquakes in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City that they may find comfort in God for the loss of their loved ones, their homes, and their assets. That in the midst of the trial, we can all turn our hearts to God.
  • Cathi Lundy and the group that will visit us during the first week of October, so that God will keep them safe during their trip and stay in Oaxaca.
  • For the health of Malachi Miguel in Cerro Machín and for the children of Mrs. Leticia Aguilar from the community of La Paz. We pray for these families as they struggle with health issues in addition to everyday hardships.
  • Promoters Pablo and José Díaz Hernández of San José del Carmen, that God gives them wisdom and guidance in their community.
  • For the authorities of the community of Ojo de Agua that they will be influential in increasing participation and production. 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • The blessing of two baby boys from Zakaria Charles (spiritual renewal coordinator) and Tabitha Mkazeni (program officer Saseni River). May God bless these two new Plant With Purpose Tanzania members with good health and morals.
  • Health for all Plant With Purpose Tanzania family as we continue with our daily routines and responsibilities of working with the community to restore the environment and improve economic situations.
  • The successful Impact Evaluation exercise held in September. The team was strong and outstanding during the entire process. We thank God for giving village leaders a heart for our work and a willingness to participate until the entire process was complete.

We pray for:

  • Good health, well-being, and success of our supporters as they serve poor communities socially, economically, and spiritually.
  • Success in the monitoring and evaluation data collection exercise that we recently started. May God bless the team with energy, vigor, and wisdom during the entire period of collection.
  • Quick healing of our facilitator from Hai “Adonica Munuo” who was injured in a motorcycle accident.

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • The gathering of Christian leaders from 14 different ethnic groups in Myanmar and Thailand. Together they established new initiatives for collaborations such as community mapping, community forest management, and water management systems.
  • The workshop on ecological economics and saving techniques for leaders from communities in Kayin and Mon. This will raise awareness for issues of sustainability, savings techniques, and will increase participation in farmer field schools.
  • The training program for churches and denominations on holistic mission which will target  300 churches by 2020 and 2,000 churches by 2022.
  • The prayer bicycle ride for peace and reconciliation. This advocacy initiative will reach thousands of people including children, churches, local NGOs, international organizations, and representatives from local government.
  • The institution for young leadership development that will be established by 2018. We pray for the youth who will be raised as the ambassadors for peace and reconciliation, throughout Myanmar.
  • A new initiative proposed by a local farmer “Piglet for Forest Restoration.” He has started to raise 5 mother pigs for one year and is expecting at least 50 piglets per year. The piglets will be given away to poor farmers in remote and rural areas for free. The target families will be trained on pig raising using local materials. The owners of the new piglets will have to commit to planting 1,000 trees per new piglet.

We pray for:

  • The impact evaluation has begun and is going well. We pray that the results will be positive and shared to our supporters.
  • The prayer cycle for peace and reconciliation that will be conducted this month. There will be at least 5,000 people praying together during the cycling. Pray for the fellowship and partnership of churches and organizations.
  • Policies and regulations on migrant workers across Thailand and Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. Smaller businesses have started to argue and challenge the policies. This may lead to greater complications.  
  • An increase in interest from churches in Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos on holistic development and holistic mission.
  • Plant With Purpose’s participation in the SEA Holistic Mission Movement in Cambodia where we have been invited to present our approaches to their participants.
  • The community of Huay Lu Laung in their preparation for AET-Agro Ecological Tourism and for becoming a training and learning center for natural resource management.

USA

We praise God for:

  • A record breaking gala. Supporters came from as far away as Canada and Texas for the event. It was an uplifting and encouraging night.
  • The gala planning committee and volunteers who contributed their time, energy, and ideas to support the annual Planting Hope Gala.
  • John Mitchell, director of international programs, has returned safely from time abroad with his family in New Zealand and time visiting our partners in Thailand.
  • A safe trip for staff members Valerie Foulkes and Ellen Davis to Mexico.
  • Our wonderful new interns who have joined us this fall.

We pray for:

  • Our partners in Houston who are still recovering from the effects of hurricane Harvey.
  • Boldness and creativity as we present our vision to new organizations and individuals.
  • Pray for open doors as we meet new people and spread word about what Plant With Purpose is doing around the world.
  • Events happening in Holland, Michigan, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay area this month.
  • The Oaxaca Wahine’s trip to Mexico this month with staff member Donna Lebert. That they would be safe and bring further encouragement to the communities that they visit.

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